Bowmanville, Ontario — Two Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) sprint races held at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) resulted in encouraging results for George Kurtz this weekend. The driver of the GMG Racing (Global Motorsports Group)-prepared No. 04 Audi R8 LMS GT4 earned a top 10 in class result in Sunday’s race on this quick and challenging road track north of the border.
Kurtz, the CEO and co-founder of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, competed in Rounds 3 and 4 of PWC’s GTSA-class sprint races. Both 50-minute events were completed with a steady, consistent drive by Kurtz, which was a show of strength when competing in a group of more than 20 exotic sportscars on the notoriously fast racetrack. Foggy, rainy conditions threatened to make the race around CTMP even more complicated, but Kurtz was graced with good conditions for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s race.
Kurtz experienced mechanical troubles with the Audi R8 in Saturday’s race, forcing him to take an early pit stop. However, he persevered throughout the 50-minute event, working his way through traffic from the back of the grid to secure a 12th-place finish — just outside of the GTSA class top 10. Sunday’s Round 4 race, though, resulted in a better outcome for Kurtz, who drove a smooth race to bring the Audi home sixth in class.
“CTMP is known as a challenging track for drivers, and this weekend was no exception,” said Kurtz. “I had the misfortune of dealing with a mechanical issue in the first race, which pulled me to the back of the grid, but I dealt with my competitors, one by one, to move up and was just outside of the top 10 by the time the race was over. Sunday’s race went a little smoother — I have to thank the crew at GMG for helping me get close to another top five finish!”
Kurtz has a quick turnaround to his next race weekend, which will be held from May 25 to 28 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut with SprintX co-driver Colin Braun. Qualifying for the GTS class starts at 2:25 p.m. EST on the 26th, followed by two rare Monday SprintX races. Follow along with George Kurtz and CrowdStrike on social media: on Twitter at @crowdstrikercng and Instagram @crowdstrikeracing. Race videos, photos and news updates can be found at crowdstrikeracing.com.
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